Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Meritocracy' guarantees last-day drama

Published 15/05/2015 | 02:30

Munster's Mike Sherry warms up before squad training. Irish Independent Park, Cork. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Mike Sherry warms up before squad training. Irish Independent Park, Cork. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

It's definitely a case of Super Saturday as the Pro12 regular season comes to a close with something to play for in each of the six matches.

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The qualification for Europe based on meritocracy has added an extra dimension to the league and it has certainly contributed to the exciting finish that is in store for everyone.

The likes of Scarlets, Connacht and Edinburgh all have an incentive still and need to put in a big performance on the last day, when in seasons gone by they would have been thinking of their holidays.

There are certainly similarities between the conclusion of the league and the last day of the Six Nations as there are so many permutations.

But the key difference is that all the kick-offs in the Pro12 are at 3.0.

Whereas England had the advantage of knowing what they had to do to win the Six Nations, none of the teams tomorrow will have this benefit.

Playing matches simultaneously means that every side has to go for the win as they have no idea what will be enough to secure their position in the table.

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